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The term Salvatorians refers to members of the Society of the Divine Savior, a Roman Catholic religious institute of priests, deacons, brothers, and clerics serving in nearly 40 countries all over the world.[1]

The "Salvatorian Family" also includes the Congregation of the Sisters of the Divine Saviour and the Lay Salvatorians (the International Community of the Divine Savior). The Society was founded by Venerable Francis Mary of the Cross Jordan in Rome on December 8, 1881. Salvatorians use the post-nominal letters "S.D.S.".

The Generalate of the community is in Rome, in Via della Conciliazione, in Palazzo Cesi-Armellini. The current Superior General of the Salvatorians is Reverend Milton Zonta, S.D.S..

Portrait of Venerable Francis Mary of the Cross Jordan (d. 1918)

Spirituality and Mission[edit]

In keeping with the spiritual vision of Father Francis Jordan, the Salvatorians are prepared to serve in any place, spreading the Gospel "by all ways and means." Their work is not limited to one particular activity, but members serve as pastors, catechists and teachers, home and foreign missionaries, authors, musicians, counselors, spiritual directors, and many other areas of ministry. Ultimately, their goal is to proclaim salvation to all people, that all may know "the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent" (John 17:3).[2]

In the United States, Salvatorians can be found serving in Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Wisconsin; the United States Province is based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.[3]


Sofia is an acronym for the Salvatorian Office for International Aid which works alongside the Salvatorians in order to increase the impact and sustainability of the community's projects.

Established in 2008, SOFIA supports Salvatorian initiatives in health, education, rural development, and pastoral formation.[4]

Important Salvatorians[edit]

• Blessed Mary of the Apostles, foundress of the Sisters of the Divine Savior

• Otto Hopfenmüller, Salvatorian missionary to India

• Bernhard (Bonaventure) Lüthen, early Salvatorian and collaborator of Father Jordan

• Gertrude Ludwig and Agnieszka Falkus, Salvatorian Sisters killed by the Nazis on January 22, 1945, "in defense of chastity"[5]

• Pancratrius (Markus) Pfeiffer, second Superior General of the Society and honored as the "Angel of Rome" because of his courageous acts of charity during World War II

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